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    • 1:34 PM, Jul. 25, 2014

    Rain barrels fill many needs for home, garden

    It's hard to justify rain barrels for major landscapes, but they are quite practical for small vegetable and flower gardens, especially plants grown in containers, according to gardeners.

    • 5:59 PM, Jul. 24, 2014
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    Not your parent's dorm — learn what you'll need (and want) on campus

    As back-to-school sales ramp up and you prepare to head to your local Bed Bath & Beyond or Target, dorm shopping list in hand, it's important to do your research first.

    • 6:11 PM, Jul. 24, 2014
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    Tricks to getting the most from your herb garden

    You don't need a garden to grow herbs. Thyme and oregano thrive in the cracks between the flat stones of my sidewalk. Six hours of sun or more daily is the key to success.

    • 6:15 PM, Jul. 24, 2014
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    This tomato pie just too good to wait for

    And while I try to wait out the season and get my tomato fix from my own plants, when I saw this recipe for tomato pie from cookbook author Ian Knaur, I knew I couldn't wait.

    • 6:10 PM, Jul. 24, 2014
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    Jewelry designer shining example of entrepreneurship

    Some rhinestone-studded shoes in childhood leads to a Grosse Pointe store run by mother and daughter, plus a star-studded jewelry business on the side.

    • 6:18 PM, Jul. 24, 2014
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    Art deco sculpture likely a cold-painted bronze

    Growing up in Northern England, Brenda Mattila remembers her mother using the small sculpture of a woman to prop open the door between the dining and living rooms. 'This belonged to my mother, who did not like it.'

    • 6:29 PM, Jul. 24, 2014
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    Welcome Mat: The latest and greatest for your home

    Enjoy a lazy summer day on a hammock, get free Michigan-made art in Berkley, find a custom-made mattress, see this week's garden photo contest winner and more.

    • 6:20 PM, Jul. 24, 2014
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    To organize and beautify your space, just shelve it

    Everything looks better on a shelf. These vertical problem solvers elevate our personal belongings throughout the home. Even industrial shelving has been upgraded from basement and garage status to more visible areas of the house.

    • 6:40 PM, Jul. 24, 2014
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    MSU builds a greener campus we can learn from

    You hear a lot about green building these days, but like most things in the area of energy conservation, it takes time for such an initiative to become a common practice. MSU is taking the lead.

    • 6:34 PM, Jul. 24, 2014
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    3 ways to get the perfect finish for your windows

    Often, the window treatments are one of the last things we do when we decorate a room. Need to cover a window or two in your home? Here are three of my very favorite treatments.

    • 6:32 PM, Jul. 24, 2014
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    Olive oil has lots of healthy competition

    These days, cooking oils often take up an entire aisle. Here's how to navigate your way around these newcomers, including avocado oil, rice-bran oil and coconut oil.

    • 6:36 PM, Jul. 24, 2014
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    Metro Detroit garden calendar

    Learn how to maintain your vegetable garden, visit Brenda's Butterfly Habitat, take a tour of local ponds and gardens, and more.

    • 6:38 PM, Jul. 24, 2014
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    Create a new peplum shirt out of old clothes

    This project uses a simple technique to revamp an old, well-loved T-shirt. You can get creative and use anything you have in your fabric collection, even scraps of soft cotton fabrics sewn together!

    • 1:43 PM, Jul. 18, 2014
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    In search of natural hues? A garden 'to dye for'

    Homegrown botanical dyes are in, part of today's shift toward more natural and organic living. And you don't need a degree in chemistry to create your own hues for scarves, sweaters or even Easter eggs.

    • 5:14 PM, Jul. 17, 2014
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    Consignment shops in Metro Detroit offer secondhand gems

    Consignment shops for the home are on the rise in Metro Detroit, and the selection is better than ever before. The search for secondhand finds beats your ...

    • 5:25 PM, Jul. 17, 2014
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    Jalapeno, tequila give limeade a summer kick

    Limeade spiked with jalapeno is thirst quenching, yes, but with marvelous flavors. Grab some at Mudgie's Authentic Artisan Deli or make this version at home.

    • 5:21 PM, Jul. 17, 2014
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    'Woolgatherers' guild promotes joy of knitting

    They call themselves the Woolgatherers Knitting Guild, but they knit with a range of fibers every third Thursday. Learn more about the group and make Judy's ...

    • 5:27 PM, Jul. 17, 2014
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    Cool tips for saving energy during the summer

    Just like there are ways to keep your home warmer in the winter while lowering your energy costs, the same is true in the summer cooling season.

    • 5:37 PM, Jul. 17, 2014
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    Welcome Mat: The latest and greatest for your home

    See several varieties of daylilies at Telly's, take a pond tour of northwest Detorit, check out photo winner 'Backyard Lilypalooza' and more.

    • 5:30 PM, Jul. 17, 2014
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    Delicate porcelain bust hails from Bohemia

    Bennett Weiss said he inherited an unglazed, 61/2-inch tall porcelain piece from his mother before she passed away at the age of 98.

    • 5:48 PM, Jul. 17, 2014
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    Designer turns her talents to own kitchen

    It's a big commitment to take on a kitchen renovation, and once you get started, there's no turning back. Just ask MaryBeth Wilson, who has done lots of ...

    • 5:41 PM, Jul. 17, 2014
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    Primp garden to show off plants at their finest

    Now is the perfect time to fine-tune the landscape. You might be surprised how selective pruning can improve the look of your garden.

    • 5:39 PM, Jul. 17, 2014
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    Family keeps the worst at bay at the hospital

    Conversation at the hospital where a brother was in surgery wove itself through several hours: One thread of memories latticed into another.

    • 5:45 PM, Jul. 17, 2014
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    Metro Detroit home and garden calendar

    Learn about edible weeds, take a garden walk in one of several cities, pick up tips for summer rose care and more.

    • 5:42 PM, Jul. 17, 2014
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    Windows and fireplace will pull space together

    In front of the fireplace, a floating furniture layout with a stylish sofa or sectional, sitting parallel to the fireplace will best differentiate the seating ...

    • 5:58 PM, Jul. 17, 2014
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    Odds and ends ideas around the home

    OK, so it's summer and we have lots of fun things to do outside the home, but home is still home, so here are a few odds and ends that you can do to improve ...

    • 5:56 PM, Jul. 17, 2014
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    Heirlooms keep family history front and center

    Have you dotted your decor with old or new heirlooms that brighten your spaces and pull at your heart strings? Here are four of my favorites to consider:

    • 7:00 AM, Jul. 11, 2014
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    Novi homeowners throw grand backyard fete every year

    Yiannis Karimalis, a well-known local hairstylist who has fixed the tresses of everyone from Queen Noor to Joan Rivers, is an avid gardener, chicken farmer, ...

    • 4:43 PM, Jul. 10, 2014
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    Get seeds started inside to kick-start summer veggies

    Most garden centers are out of seedlings at this time of year, so in order to grow greens and short-season vegetables, I have to grow them from seed. Some ...

    • 4:50 PM, Jul. 10, 2014
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    Engineered hardwood flooring has several advantages

    Brazilian cherry will darken quickly to match previously installed engineered flooring, which is more stable than regular hardwood and less likely to warp or ...

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    Jocelynn Brown: St. Theodore Confraternity of Christian Women is looking for crafters to do their fall craft show, set for Oct. 11, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at its social hall, located at 8200...

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    Golden eggs on the garden

    Bob Dluzen: We all know the story about the goose that laid golden eggs. Last week in my garden I found golden eggs that were definitely not laid by a goose. It...


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